Meet The Team

This is the page about us – theGIST team. We are always more than happy to answer your questions, so don’t be shy. For general enquiries, please contact

HEAD OF STRATHCLYDE/EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: Katrina Wesencraft

– Working on her PhD in optical medical imaging and healthcare innovation.
– Main point of contact for University of Strathclyde.
– Has an unhealthy cheese obsession.
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HEAD OF GLASGOW/EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: Sonya Frazier

– A PhD student at the Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences at the University of Glasgow.
– Main point of contact for University of Glasgow.
– Besides all kinds of science stuff, Sonya loves to travel.
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SUBMISSIONS EDITOR: Kirstin Leslie

– A Public Health and Precision Medicine PhD student at the University of Glasgow.
– Manages feature submissions and the editing process.
– Spends her days telling people she is going to ‘eat less sugar’ and then proceeds to have cheesecake for breakfast, reading, surfing twitter, practicing yoga, and going out for dinner.
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DEPUTY SUBMISSIONS EDITOR: Ailish McCafferty

– A 3rd year Immunology student at the University of Glasgow.
– Supports the Submissions Editor in managing the article submissions process.
– Spends her spare time exploring all the eateries Glasgow has to offer and trying to fit in cinema trips to see as many films as she can; from the good to the absolutely terrible, she doesn’t discriminate.
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SNIPPETS EDITOR: Frankie MacPherson

– 4th year Chemistry with Medicinal Chem MSci student, currently in Lyon for a placement year.
– Handles all snippet submissions and editing.
– Frankie loves music, writing, and reading, as well as travelling and exploring new cities and cultures.
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HEAD OF COPY-EDITING: Gemma Donnelly

– A Neuroscience & Psychology PhD student at the University of Glasgow.
– Oversees and delegates copy-editing.
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DEPUTY HEAD OF COPY-EDITING: Audrey Gillies

– In the final stages of completing an MPhil Medical Devices, Audrey is an MPhys graduate, part-time bar goth at Cathouse Rock Club and full time cat lady.
– Assists the Head of Copy-editing with management of feature editing and delegation.
– Audrey also loves language and storytelling so much she has been learning German for 3 years and hopes to be fluent one day.
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HEAD OF MULTIMEDIA: Iona Macwhirter-Harley

– A Politics & Religious Studies undergrad student at the University of Glasgow.
– Responsible for video and podcast production.
– Very confused about how she ended up here but incredibly happy to come along for the ride. Childhood idols include Britney Spears and Dr Bunhead.
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HEAD OF EVENTS & FINANCE: Miriam Scarpa

– Translational Pharmacology PhD student at the University of Glasgow, investigating drug targets for Alzheimer’s disease
– Sources and deals with funding for events, activities, and the magazine.
– Miriam will always have a to-do-list on hand for her day, besides, she loves dancing and Netflixing (sometimes at the same time!). And yeah, she’s obsessed with her cats Shadow and Sansa Stark.
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HEAD OF SOCIAL MEDIA: Emily May Armstrong

– 3rd year PhD student at the University of Glasgow, specialising in plants and epigenetics.
– Responsible for theGIST communication via Newsletters, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, & Instagram.
– A failed skateboarder, pretty good photographer, mediocre guitar player, excellent house-plant mother, vegan experimentalist, disability rights activist.
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SOCIAL MEDIA DEPUTY: Luke Prentice

– EEE Undergrad at the University of Strathclyde, hoping to specialise in either Microfluidic Systems or Renewable Energy
– Assists the head with theGIST communication via Newsletters, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, & Instagram.
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HEAD OF DESIGN: Ola Kacprzyńska

– Currently an undergraduate studying Digital Media and Information Studies at University of Glasgow.
– Responsible for poster and magazine layout, and designing promotional materials for social media.
– Ola is obsessed with dogs, interested in various sports, loves travelling and bakes whenever she’s stressed.
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DEPUTY HEAD OF DESIGN: Roxanna Munir

– Currently a PhD student at Glasgow Caledonian University investigating novel therapeutic targets for the treatment of Spinal Muscular Atrophy.
– Assists the head with layout and design of the magazine, posters and promotional materials.
– Roxanna has four main passions in life: science, art, rap, puns and cats. She is also bad at maths.
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HEAD OF WEB: Ross Laidlaw

– Undergraduate Immunology student at the University of Glasgow.
– Manages the website, server, email, and related submissions processes/pages.
– Massive film nerd who genuinely finds election night exciting, likes to think he can play the keyboard, and has an unhealthy penchant for Tesco’s 79p salt and vinegar crisps.
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